New York Post Accuses Obama Administration of ‘Winking’ at Incitement Against Israelis
In an editorial published on Wednesday, the New York Post accused the Obama administration of “winking” at the Palestinian Authority’s incitement to terrorism and violence against Israelis, and took Secretary of State John Kerry to task for his recent comments on the upsurge in violence.
The piece begins by asking, “Does Team Obama want more Palestinian attacks on Israelis?”
It then goes on to say, “Secretary of State John Kerry sure gives that impression.”
“What’s fueled the terror is no secret,” it continues. “Palestinian groups have spread inflammatory lies claiming Israel is set to take over the Temple Mount, a site holy to both Muslims and Jews.”
The editorial then details incitement to violence that came directly from Palestinian Authority Chairman Mahmoud Abbas, including his calls for Muslims to harass Israelis on the Temple Mount and block them from “desecrating” the site “with their filthy feet,” as well as saying that blood spilled in Jerusalem “is pure, as long as it is for the sake of Allah,” while those killed by Israeli security forces would be “martyrs” and go to heaven.
The editorial says the “obvious response” by Washington should have been to bear down on the Palestinian Authority to curb the incitement and bring an end to the violence, instead of taking the official position that “both sides” must restore calm.
It also accuses Secretary Kerry of “lending credence to the [Palestinian Authority’s] lies” by warning Israel to maintain the holy site’s status quo, despite the fact that “Israel, of course, has no intention of ‘taking over’ the Temple Mount.”
It then goes after Kerry for suggesting that the recent wave of violence was Israel’s fault, when he claimed that the increase in Palestinian violence was a result of their “frustration that’s growing” over a “massive increase in settlements over the course of the last years.”
“Ironically,” it says, “on the day Kerry spoke, the left-wing newspaper Haaretz reported there’s been less settlement-building since Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu took office than under any of his predecessors since the Palestinian Authority’s birth in 1995.”
The editorial concludes by saying that though this may be another attempt by the Obama administration to push Netanyahu out of the Prime Minister’s Office, “winking at Palestinian incitement — which, let’s be honest, isn’t all that far from OK’ing more bloodshed — is an appalling way to go about it.”